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Family Groups

 

Some families prefer group support or enjoy the chance to meet and make new friends with other parents who live nearby.  Home-Start Family Groups provide a regular meeting place for families with at least one child under 5.

What is a Home-Start Family Group?

Family Groups are usually held once a week and last for about 1.5 hours.  They are informal and the atmosphere is always welcoming and friendly.  There are craft activities and play equipment for the children - and coffee, tea and drinks are provided for everyone.  Everything is free

Parents say they enjoy the chance to relax and make new friends, share ideas and experiences, find new interests, gain self-confidence and generally take advantage of the activities on offer.

Qualified and experienced Home-Start staff organise the activities and are always available to provide a 'listening ear' if needed.

 

Some of the activities & services offered in the Groups:

 

  • Swimming trips

  • Wildwood trips

  • Trips to play centres - Jungle Jims & Snappys

  • Heuristic play session

  • Visits by Kent Fire Brigade to talk about fire safety

  • Visits to Environment Centre

  • Paediatric First Aid courses

  • Health Visitor visits

  • Healthy eating

  • Toy libraries

  • Bounce & Rhyme in most sessions

  • Physical play

  • Parenting workshops

  • Summer 'meet ups' in the school holidays

  • Visits to library for story telling sessions

  • Library visited groups to do story time

  • Imaginative dressing-up

  • Creative art & craft

  • Parent/child interaction

  • Circus 

  • Yoga - child & parent

  • Christmas parties
     

How to join a Family Group

For more information about Family Groups in your area you can contact us or ask your health visitor, social worker, midwife or GP.

Where are Family Groups held?

Seasalter Family Support Group

Lucerne Neighbourhood Centre, Faversham Rd,

Seasalter

Whitstable CT54BG

Contact: Nikki Newson, Julia Tolhurst

Sessions every Friday (term time only) 9.30-11.00

 

Howe Barton Family Group

Querns Place

Canterbuy CT11PY

Contact: Nikki , Tracy

Sessions: every Wednesday (term time only) 9.30-11.00

 

 

All group leaders can be contacted on 01227 427050

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